Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic process that removes excess fat and skin around the belly. It also tightens the muscles from the inside to shape the waistline and remove unwanted bulging.

There are two types of abdominoplasty: 1) full/complete abdominoplasty and; 2) mini/partial abdominoplasty.

Complete abdominoplasty: In this, the surgeon makes a large incision in the abdomen around the hip bone to remove extra skin, tissue, and muscle. During stitching, they adjust your belly button depending on the removal of your skin and fat tissue.

Partial abdominoplasty: This procedure is suitable for people who have fat deposits below the belly button. It usually requires a smaller incision not involving the belly button.

Liposuction is usually used in combination with the procedure to enhance the results.


The tummy tuck procedure is suitable for both men and women. It is especially popular among women who have been through several pregnancies to tighten their abdominal muscles and is one of the most popular procedures in a Mommy Makeover. People who have lost a lot of weight and still have loose skin around their belly also benefit from it.

However, women who plan to get pregnant should postpone the tummy tuck procedure until they have had all their children. If you are obese, tummy tuck should be your last resort and not an alternative to weight loss.


It can take anywhere between one and five hours depending on your expectation and the type of surgery. You may have to stay in the hospital overnight to ensure proper healing.

At first, you will be given anesthesia to make you unconscious during the operation. The surgeon will then create a horizontal incision between your pubic hairline and belly button. The amount of excess skin and type of procedure will determine the incision’s shape and length. The rectus muscle (abdominal muscle) will be tightened in the midline the bring in the waistline as well as tighten the muscles that have loosed over time. This is a very important step as it will address the “bulging” many people have that can only be reduced by this technique.

Next, the surgeon will pull down abdominal skin from above the incision and trim any excess fat or loose skin. In case of a full abdominoplasty, they will create a new belly button opening. But for partial tummy tuck, they will not and just suture remaining skin.

Liposuction is usually performed along with abdominoplasty to address excess fat in areas that are not cut out. In addition, liposuction allows the surgeon to contour the abdomen to enhance the results.

Drain is usually used with tummy tuck and is usually removed one week after surgery. Compression binder and garments are used post-operatively to maintain your shape. Lymphatic massages are recommended.


Don’t smoke at least two weeks prior and after the surgery.
Eat well-balanced and complete meals as they will help you heal faster and refrain from starting a weight loss diet prior to surgery.
Inform your doctor about all prescription drugs, herbal medicines, and other supplements that you have been taking.
Before leaving for surgery, buy ice packs, petroleum jelly, bathroom chair, handheld shower head, and loose, comfortable clothing. You will need them after the procedure.

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